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Koto/shamisen Concertos

Koto and shamisen music has been cultivated as chamber music in their long history, however, Yoko Reikano Kimura has been performed the concertos and operas written for koto and shamisen exploring the further potential of these instruments.





Performance History/ Koto Concerto: Genji (composed by Daron Hagen)

April 23, 2022

A Taste of Japan

Koto Concerto: Genji 
(by Daron Hagen) 

New Asia Chamber Music Society  

Vn, Keiko Tokunaga
Vn, Jaram Kim
Va, Andy Lin
Vc, Nan-Cheng Chen
Norikoh, New York

April 9, 2022

2022 ACMI International Conference 

Koto Concerto: Genji
(By Daron Hagen)


Vn, Keiko Tokunaga
Vn. Sean Wang
Va, Andy Lin
Vc, Anna Kim
Murphy Hall,
University of Kansas

October 12, 2021

INTERWOVEN Inaugural Concert 

Koto Concerto:Genji
(by Daron Hagen)
*New York Premiere of 13-string koto version


Vn, Keiko Tokunaga
Vn, Alex Fortes

Va, Andy Lin
Vc, Hikaru Tamaki
DiMenna Center,
New York

May 21, 2021

Cantabile Kojimachi Tenth Anniversary Concert 

Koto Concerto:Genji
(by Daron Hagen)
*Japan Premiere

String members of New Japan Philharmonic 

Vn, Asami Tamura
Vn, Hayato Takenaka

Va, Saeko Wakiya
Vc, Tetsuzo Iijima

Owada Densho Hall,

July 21, 22, 2018

2018 Wintergreen Music Festival 

Koto Concerto:Genji
(by Daron Hagen)

Wintergreen Music Festival Orchestra 
Mei-Ann Cheng, conductor 

with Daron Hagen,
Mei-Ann Cheng
Dunlop Pavillion,
Wintergreen Music Festival

May 14, 2014 

Around the World in One Night 

Koto Concerto:Genji
(by Daron Hagen)

The Prairie Ensemble 
Kevin Kelly, conductor 

with Kevin Kelly
McKinley Presbyterian Church, Champaign, IL

March 5, 9, 2014

Freimann Quartet Series

Koto Concerto:Genji
(by Daron Hagen)

Freimann Quartet

Vn, David Ling
Vn, Olga Yurkova
Va, Derek Reeves
Vc, Melita Hunsinger
The History Center,
Fort Wayne, IN

March 9, 2013

Pacific Crossing by
the Euclid Quartet 

Koto Concerto:Genji
(by Daron Hagen)
*World Premiere of 13-string koto version

Euclid Quartet

Vn, Jameson Cooper
Vn, Jacob Murphy
Va, Luis Enrique Vargas
Vc, Si-Yan Darren Li
Joshi Performance Hall,
University of Indiana, IN

February 22, 2013

with the music of our time

Koto Concerto:Genji
(by Daron Hagen)

Ciompi Quartet

Vn, Eric Pritchard
Vn, Hsiao-mei Ku
Va, Jonathon Bagg
Vc, Fred Raimi
Nelson Music Room,
Duke University, NC

Performance History/ other concertos and operas



May 17- 19, 2019

Opera: Murasaki’s Moon
(Composer, Michi Wiancko)
(Librettist, Deborah Brevoort)
*World Premiere

A coproduction of MetLiveArts and On Site Opera
Commissioned by MetLiveArts, On Site Opera, and American Lyric Theater

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

January 8, 2017

Shamisen Concerto: Polaris 
(composed by Marty Regan)
*World Premiere 

Commissioned by Yoko Reikano Kimura
Piano reduction premiered by
Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen
Taka Kigawa, piano

National Opera Center

July 22-21, 2016

Opera: Iris 
(composed by Pietro Mascagni)

American Symphony Orchestra
Leon Botstein, conductor

Fisher Center, Bard College

June 27, 2015

(composed by James Nyoraku Schlefer) 
*US Premiere

Texas Festival Orchestra
Perry So, conductor

Round Top Music Festival Hall